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Texas Grown 07-15-2020 06:50 PM

That looks dang nice! Can hardly wait to see some pics with water under her. :)

Brazos Hunter 07-16-2020 10:49 AM

Did another quick mockup after polishing and installing the recessed hardware. After that I decided to go ahead and stick down the hatch seal. It turned out just this side of perfect! If all goes well the grab bars console box will get fabricated (if I have time and feel like it).

Michael

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captainsling 07-16-2020 11:06 AM

This has been an awesome thread to follow. Looks awesome!

Banded Drake Calls 07-16-2020 11:07 AM

Looking good, is the deck coating finished or will you add a splatter type effect to it

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Bowyer 07-16-2020 11:40 AM

It does look perfect!

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jeremy360 07-16-2020 12:18 PM

What a great thread. You have put tons of work into that...and it shows with every little detail. That right there is something to be proud of. I remember reading this back when it started out as a busted up shipment of wood. That's built better than anything you can buy off the shelf and something most folks wont even begin to appreciate. Thanks for taking the time to share all the work and pics. I enjoyed the thread a ton. Great craftsmanship there for sure.

Brazos Hunter 07-16-2020 02:21 PM

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Originally Posted by Banded Drake Calls (Post 14978088)
Looking good, is the deck coating finished or will you add a splatter type effect to it

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I decided to just go all white. The splatter effect looks kewl but to me itís just almost dated so I opted not to though I may change my mind later


Thank yíall so very much. This build has been a blast!

npe001 07-16-2020 02:32 PM

Unreal, looks awesome! When are you taking orders?

14JKURX 07-16-2020 03:14 PM

I love the Crosses on the deck hatch lid.

Smart 07-16-2020 04:40 PM

Daaang son!! You do good work! **** impressive! Well done!

Hawkpuppy 1 07-18-2020 07:01 AM

Get that motor mounted and get her salty!

Banded Drake Calls 07-18-2020 08:39 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Brazos Hunter (Post 14978529)
I decided to just go all white. The splatter effect looks kewl but to me itís just almost dated so I opted not to though I may change my mind later


Thank yíall so very much. This build has been a blast!

Since you'll be down this way with it a lot, down the road if you need to refinish the deck, look into a company in Victoria called Boat Transformers (or Garage Transformers, same guys, different "divisions"), they do a flake covering thats it suppose to be a lifetime coating and can do a huge variety of colors. A little pricey at first for just a deck (would probably be under 1000 if you prepped it and took it to them to jusy coat), but its definitely a solid product.

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Brazos Hunter 07-19-2020 07:39 AM

Thank yíall!

I have been thinking about changing the deck layout just a bit. Instead of the 5gal bucket, put the 48qt cooler there as a helm seat and dry storage for life jackets and dock ropes. Where the 48qt is in the picture, put a 72-90qt that would be a fish box and live bait well (most of the time it would hold drinks instead of bait). This change would add @ 25lbs midship and will make her much more comfortable and functional so the trade off IMO would be worth it. Iíll have to measure to see just how much space I have to play with to determine which one we choose.



Michael

Hawkpuppy 1 07-19-2020 07:58 AM

Why not do a couple 45qt coolers to have storage room and fish box? I run two in my boat and it does fine. Mine also have seats mounted on the lids..

Brazos Hunter 07-19-2020 09:24 AM

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Originally Posted by Hawkpuppy 1 (Post 14983015)
Why not do a couple 45qt coolers to have storage room and fish box? I run two in my boat and it does fine. Mine also have seats mounted on the lids..


I have a slick idea for the one in front of the console but it will require a larger cooler. Cushion tops have been ordered as well and should arrive tomorrow or Tuesday.

Texas Grown 07-19-2020 01:30 PM

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Originally Posted by Brazos Hunter (Post 14982982)
Thank yíall!

I have been thinking about changing the deck layout just a bit. Instead of the 5gal bucket, put the 48qt cooler there as a helm seat and dry storage for life jackets and dock ropes. Where the 48qt is in the picture, put a 72-90qt that would be a fish box and live bait well (most of the time it would hold drinks instead of bait). This change would add @ 25lbs midship and will make her much more comfortable and functional so the trade off IMO would be worth it. Iíll have to measure to see just how much space I have to play with to determine which one we choose.



Michael


I like that idea Michael. Don't forget, cushions can be got for some coolers for sitting on too. Skipjack is look-n great!

texashunter 07-19-2020 04:40 PM

Amazing job, beautiful boat.

czechgrubworm 07-20-2020 10:44 AM

She does not look homemade at all...

Dusty Britches 07-21-2020 09:36 AM

That is gorgeous, Micheal! I can't wait to see it on the water.

Mertzon Man 07-21-2020 03:06 PM

I’ve been following along and am so impressed with your workmanship and patience, I have neither! It is a beautiful boat and I can’t wait to see it in the water! Great job Michael!!

Brazos Hunter 07-23-2020 12:43 PM

Thank yíall so very much!


I started cutting materials to fabricate the console box and should get it wrapped up and possibly the outboard rebuilt by midweek?



Michael

Brazos Hunter 07-25-2020 01:42 PM

Hereís a sneak peek of the console box mockup before being epoxied.


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fish4food 07-25-2020 04:52 PM

Great work Sir!

Brazos Hunter 07-25-2020 05:54 PM

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Originally Posted by fish4food (Post 14995701)
Great work Sir!


Thank you Sir! It should not be long now!!!

Banded Drake Calls 07-25-2020 06:01 PM

Looking pretty sweet!!

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Bowyer 07-25-2020 07:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Brazos Hunter (Post 14995430)
Hereís a sneak peek of the console box mockup before being epoxied.


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What are the 3 switches for?
I installed a 4 switch bank then realized I needed one more!

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Brazos Hunter 07-25-2020 07:55 PM

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Originally Posted by Bowyer (Post 14995989)
What are the 3 switches for?
I installed a 4 switch bank then realized I needed one more!

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Navigation lights and a bilge pump with an extra. Less is more to me. I will be running a Lowrance that will come on when the engine is on.


Michael

Chubb 07-26-2020 11:02 AM

This is awesome!

curtintex 07-26-2020 01:51 PM

I've quietly followed this from near the beginning and I'm amazed at the craftsmanship. There is nothing about the SkipJack that would make one think that it was built in a suburban neighborhood garage by somebody with a full-time job. The quality is amazing and you sir are a helluva boat builder. Job well done.

Brazos Hunter 07-26-2020 02:15 PM

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Originally Posted by curtintex (Post 14997179)
I've quietly followed this from near the beginning and I'm amazed at the craftsmanship. There is nothing about the SkipJack that would make one think that it was built in a suburban neighborhood garage by somebody with a full-time job. The quality is amazing and you sir are a helluva boat builder. Job well done.


Thank you my friend!


I often dream of things I would like to do or see and it is really awesome when you are able to make those dreams a reality. I have been getting my hands dirty working on her for six months now but Iíve actually been working on her for going on six if you count dreaming, planning, and researching. I canít wait to start the next build!!!



I was able to get the console box completely fabricated and in epoxy. Tomorrow I will prime and paint it. Then Tuesday, start running wires.



Michael

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Brazos Hunter 07-26-2020 02:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by curtintex (Post 14997179)
I've quietly followed this from near the beginning and I'm amazed at the craftsmanship. There is nothing about the SkipJack that would make one think that it was built in a suburban neighborhood garage by somebody with a full-time job. The quality is amazing and you sir are a helluva boat builder. Job well done.


BTW, thank you so very much!!! I wish I could take credit though. The Salt Boatworks plans are very easy to follow with full size templates and phenomenal customer support if you have a question or hit a snag. All the modifications to the original design were others that I incorporated. Adam, the owner and engineer of Salt Boatworks has even sent me messages about modifications I was in the process of making and made suggestions based on his knowledge. I am in no way affiliated or sponsored by them, I just believe in what they are doing and more importantly, how they run their business.

Sorry for the long praise report and in actually, itís not near enough for what he has done in assisting me achieve my goal and dream.



Michael

Brazos Hunter 07-27-2020 11:39 AM

The DIY manual jack-plate is complete less mounting the 1 1/2Ē thick backer board that is in epoxy drying. This will give me up to 4Ē of travel and has a 4 1/2Ē back set! Not too bad for a guy that only used a drill, jigsaw, and a file?

Salt Boatworks FRS-14
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Texas Grown 07-27-2020 06:07 PM

Nice work Michael. I know very well what it's like making slotted work with those very tools. :D

Brazos Hunter 07-27-2020 07:20 PM

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Originally Posted by Texas Grown (Post 14999450)
Nice work Michael. I know very well what it's like making slotted work with those very tools. :D


Thank you. It actually went much quicker than I expected. After I located the file it only took 30 minutes to knock out.

Brazos Hunter 07-30-2020 04:43 PM

Today was another productive day! After a brief morning meeting I painted the console box and jackplate outboard backer board. After lunch the black stainless steel screws arrived for the rub rail so I knocked that out before moving to the dry storage helm cooler and helm mat. The fish box cooler will be installed after the grab bar is.

Salt Boatworks FRS-14
Project Skipjack

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Hoggslayer 07-30-2020 04:48 PM

If you don't hurry up and get that thing in the water, I will. :D
The anticipation is killing me.

You sir, are a true craftsman.

Brazos Hunter 07-30-2020 05:06 PM

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Originally Posted by Hoggslayer (Post 15006097)
If you don't hurry up and get that thing in the water, I will. :D
The anticipation is killing me.

You sir, are a true craftsman.


Thank you so very much! It should have been finished by now but there has been a couple days where I just didnít feel like working on it so I didnít.

DUKFVR 07-30-2020 05:13 PM

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Originally Posted by curtintex (Post 14997179)
I've quietly followed this from near the beginning and I'm amazed at the craftsmanship. There is nothing about the SkipJack that would make one think that it was built in a suburban neighborhood garage by somebody with a full-time job. The quality is amazing and you sir are a helluva boat builder. Job well done.

This X a thousand! Fabulous job! I can just imagine the satisfaction when you slime her up the 1st time!!!

curtintex 07-30-2020 05:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Brazos Hunter (Post 15006085)
Today was another productive day! After a brief morning meeting I painted the console box and jackplate outboard backer board. After lunch the black stainless steel screws arrived for the rub rail so I knocked that out before moving to the dry storage helm cooler and helm mat. The fish box cooler will be installed after the grab bar is.

Salt Boatworks FRS-14
Project Skipjack


If I built a boat.......


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AgHntr10 07-30-2020 07:29 PM

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Originally Posted by curtintex (Post 15006164)

Thats assuming it would even float! :D


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